The city’s public works is receiving two compact tractors and one utility work machine for $123,591.
Two Ventrac Tractor model 4500Y machines are being purchased from South Hackensack-based Wilfred MacDonald for $48,381. One Bobcat Toolcat model 5600 from North Jersey Bobcat Inc. of Totowa for $75,210, according to city records.
Public works director Manuel Ojeda said the compact tractors will be used as grass cutting machines for city parks. “Those are two cutting machines for our parks. Our parks are in need of new cutting machines. These are gliding motion so we’ll be able to do hills with these machines,” he said in early February.
Ojeda said funds to purchase the machines are being covered using a grant. He said the utility work machine will be used for sidewalk and small parking lot snow removal in the winter and digging and tree removal during the summer. “We plan to use it on sidewalks and small parking lots,” he said. He said it will also be used to move tree stumps and to dig holes. This will be the city’s second Bobcat, he said.
The two companies to receive the contracts were sole bidders for the city’s business, according to city records. The city has tarnished its reputation through late payments to vendors, so much so that many reputable companies forgo submitting bids or responding to solicitations.
The city council approved both purchases in mid-February.